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Age of Kali – Nirbhaya, 365 Days, Rape and India

 I love how the slymepit empathically (metaphorically) rape the #ftbullies. It’s not even a fair fight. It’s heroes vs zeros. – Anonymous

I like the fact that the OP used “Empathic Rape” without any idea of what the word “Oxymoron” means. I am going to assume that this was said by someone who isn’t part of the Slymepit because this sort of thing never comes from the pit, just from people who like the place.

See the person here cares little for the victims of rape and just wants to elicit the “pearl clutching” response from Social Justice blogs. But the funny thing is this. It’s one of the first tweets I saw after I got back from standing on the side lines with a bag of medicine as a protest took place. And the coincidence is that I did this a year ago too.

We have been here before.

I cut my teeth on riots and protests. I have stood on both sides of the Blue Line, that thin line of coppers who’s job it is to ensure the safety of the protest. Me and the Troll once walked through the streets of Prague during an anti-GW Bush rally (the Missile Defence System one) armed with nothing but a plastic bottle of Miranda cut with cheap vodka.

By which they mean “arrest idiots”. Oh you see them at every protest. My first protest was against the Iraq war and I watched my friend get held by the police. He deserved it in retrospect but the teenage me couldn’t see it that way.

The idiot brought a toy but vaguely realistic looking gun to a protest and was pointing it at the cops. Had they been American he may have been shot, but because it was the Brits he suddenly was faced by Police Horse and foot and quickly subdued while screaming about profiling.

In retrospect? He’s an idiot and I hope he grew up. Because his actions didn’t make society safer nor did it help fight the war. It just proved he just wanted to make a fuss. From Manchester to Prague I have marched on both sides of the line as man or medic.

But the last one was one I never really wanted to march for. It was the Indian rape protests of 2013. At the start of the year there was a rape in Delhi that shook the nation and the sleeping bear of angry women awoke to savage an unsuspecting nation that had gotten used to it’s docile women. Which is ironic considering it’s the home of the goddess Durga and Kali (who are avatars of the demure Parvathi, the wife of Shiva. The Avatars of War and Annihilation are women in Hinduism but are portrayed as peaceful unless driven to rage).

People could not understand why they were angry which just made them angrier. The aftermath was genuine change, change I consider brutal but it is steps in the right direction. The media became more sensitive to rape and portrayed more of it causing the perception of India to change.

The outmoded beliefs of Indians that excused rape were brought to light and exposed for what they truly were. Beliefs that helped support rape and hide rapists. Beliefs where you were not left around an uncle but that same uncle was kept safe because punishing the abuser would have brought shame to the family.

The outmoded conservatives are right. Modernity has made rape a crime, without the modernisation of India it would still be something behind closed doors and behind the purdah. The empowerment of women started in the west and it’s literature is still dominated by women in the west so it is only fair that India’s feminists are influenced by such thoughts.

I provided health coverage at the protests last year. Mostly people who were tired and needed a break. Some who had angina who just needed a place to sit and have their meds work. Some who were diabetic but left without a source of sugar. And some who were wounded in fights and scuffles.

Young girls, women and old grannies marched in unison for safety. Because they were never going to be safe if not through their actions and unity.

It’s been a year and the changes affected the way the government and the public act as a whole but has it made India safer? I don’t think so. If it had I wouldn’t have had to stand on the sidelines of yet another protest (Sorry, no photos this year. I don’t have a camera and my phone is currently out for repairs).

This was a protest of anger, and a demand for justice. Well a demand for death, the women of India think rape and murder should be a capital offence. A year after Nirbhaya and in a year filled with Nirbhayas there was another major rape and murder that occurred.

A 16 year gold was raped by a gang twice on two separate instances and then murdered.

The daughter of a local migrant worker from Bihar, the girl was first raped on October 25th and was found in a field near her house. Her parents responded in a more positive way and reported the crime to the police. It was then the threats began from this “gang” which finally culminated in a second rape.

This was a calculated move to create fear and silence the victim by a demonstration of casual power. Not even the police can or will stop us. In effect they were right, the accused were not stopped by the police but by the angry eye of the public who strong armed the police into action by the spotlight of mass media. Under the glare of lights the police had to act.

On December 16th, the girl was found near the railway tracks. She had suffered 35% burns. She was quickly rushed to the hospital. And in keeping with the demonstration of casual power, the family continued to be threatened forcing them to flee Madhyagram to the (famous among gun circles) suburb of Dum Dum. And even there they were harassed by relatives of the accused.

On December 31st, this new Nirbhaya died. The cause of death is unknown but there are a variety of causes ranging from shock caused by the severity of burns to the post burns infections that are common place in any hospital.

So why was she killed? Well there are two logical reasons, firstly to send a message to stop the rape case. And secondly? According to her doctor’s report and the autopsy the girl was pregnant at the time of her death. The foetus has been sent for age verification but chances are it’s a result of the rapes.

The police have yet again demonstrated a need to learn how to handle rape cases. Rather than trying to sweep it away and hide it, the police should learn to not screw up investigations and how to treat the victims. The parents allege police harassment and with reports of repeated threats by the accused and the relatives of the accused, the police are considered to be part of the problem. Ineffective and callous, the police are seen by the victims as a protector of rapists rather than of justice.

Comments

  1. Holms says

    I love how the slymepit empathically (metaphorically) rape the #ftbullies. It’s not even a fair fight. It’s heroes vs zeros. – Anonymous

    I like the fact that the OP used “Empathic Rape” without any idea of what the word “Oxymoron” means. I am going to assume that this was said by someone who isn’t part of the Slymepit because this sort of thing never comes from the pit, just from people who like the place.

    I suspect he meant ‘emphatically’, but yes he is a malicious and clueless idiot either way.

  2. hjhornbeck says

    I love how the slymepit empathically (metaphorically) rape the #ftbullies. It’s not even a fair fight. It’s heroes vs zeros.

    OK, that is just weird. I haven’t seen any mention of the Slyme anywhere on this network recently, so what this tweet must be referring to is the Slyme contingent commenting on the network.

    And to describe one side commenting on the other, while the other isn’t commenting back, as a “rape” of the silent side is so far outside of reasonable I’m not sure how to grok it. Is Obama “raped” by white supremacists when he ignores their catcalls? Are physicists “raped” when they ignore the crank emails they get? Was George Bush “raped” when he ignored the people mocking his various gaffs?

    Where’s the dominance implied by the metaphor?

  3. says

    Don’t even need to look on Twitter to see who it was, most likely ElevatorGATE’s sock which is massively spamming the tag, or the idiot Sanderson who is making it his job to be delusional sidekick. Probably not Sanderson as he is a bit of a coward, so I guess EG!

    Anyway the reference is probably to their brave heroes incursion into Comradde Physioproffes blog post to comment and spread more lies about OgVorbis. They are *desperate* to push this line that “FTBullies” are rape apologists for not condemning someone raped and abused as a child and forced to act out child rape themselves as part of their abuse. That’s how obsessed with FTBs and outright sick they all are.

  4. angharad says

    I love how the slymepit empathically (metaphorically) rape the #ftbullies. It’s not even a fair fight. It’s heroes vs zeros. – Anonymous

    Because heroes totally rape people.

  5. johngreg says

    I fail to see what the bulk of the original post has to do with the opening two paragraphs, or the Pit, but….

    oolon, seriously, explain one simple thing to me: How is quoting Ogvorbis, verbatim, spreading lies about him? Really, how is quoting him accurately, specifically, and within context, spreading lies about him?

    No, oolon, he was not, at the time he raped the three little girls, forced to do so. Not at all. According to his own statements, he was alone with those three kids, he knew it was wrong at the time, and yet, he did it it anyway. His own testimony, oolon, his own testimony:

    … I didn’t stop before raping three young girls (all were, give or take, the same age as ‘S’, the girl I was forced to abuse while a scout). I was older. The age difference was even greater. I knew it was wrong even as I joined in and I still did it because it may be wrong but its what I was used to.

    oolon, you can try and claim abuse caused abuse, but that’s extremely thin ice — there is very little science, or evidence to back such a claim, but quite a bit of science and evidence to show that it is actually rare for abused individuals to, themselves, become abusers.

    You can also support Ogvorbis’s implied “recovered memory” claim, but that’s not even thin ice, it’s a vacuum; a complete fallacy.

    And, no, no one at all, so far as I can see (other than Skepchick Elyse), has actually condemned, or even criticised Ogvorbis for raping three children, and so far as I can see, none of you heroic social justice leaguers have even sent one single word of condolence out to his victims. Ogvorbis is a victim-points whore who has scored big time in the Pharyngula confessional; love and hugs all around.

    Ogvorbis says he raped three kids, knowing it was wrong at the time; Pharyngula commentors, by the dozen, give him hugs, offer him babysitting jobs, and say “there, there, Oggie; all will be well; we love you.” And you say that’s not rape apologism? How is that not rape apologism? Please explain.

  6. wtfwhateverd00d says

    Avicenna, can you clear something up?

    It’s one of the first tweets I saw after I got back from standing on the side lines with a bag of medicine as a protest took place. And the coincidence is that I did this a year ago too.

    Was this a tweet you were sent?

    If so, how was it anonymous?

  7. johngreg says

    HAHAHA. It’s always refreshing to see that doyen of integrity, honesty, and the One True Way, oolon the brave, defend his bullshit with facts, data, proof, and evidence. Roll on Oolio, roll on.

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